The dead-tossed waves by , ,

16 May 2010

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The dead-tossed waves - Carrie Ryan

ISBN: 9780575090897 DDC: 813.6
Sequel to The forest of hands and teeth
Read as part of the Once Upon a time IV challenge.

The story goes that even after the Return they tried to keep the roller coasters going.

All her life Gabrielle has grown up sheltered by the Barrier. It protects the town of Vista from the Mudo, the zombies, or the unconsecrated. But one night she allows herself to be persuaded that sneaking out, just once, couldn’t do any harm. That there are so few of the Mudo around that they’ll be fine. And Catcher is there, the boy she fancies. But that decision costs the teenagers dear. Some are killed, others turned or infected, and the rest face punishment for risking the whole town. Apart from Gabry, she wasn’t caught, at least not physically, but now she has to face up to the reality of her situation.

I think this is the last book in this series that I’ll read. The first one I found entertaining, if flawed, but this one feels like a rehash of it in so many ways. And while I think Ryan has a good style that keeps you reading once you’ve started, I finished this book with a meh feeling. Probably because the love-triangle did very little for me, I didn’t really get a sense of any of the characters as being developed. To be totally blunt I really didn’t care if they survived or not. Which is not what you want in this sort of a book. However I think I’m in the minority.

Other reviews: S. Krishna’s books ; Book addiction ; Persnickety snark ; Paperback dolls.

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4 Responses

  1. ANOTHER zombie novel? Is there nothing but zombies, vampires and werewolves left to write about?

  2. Ha! Good one, Fence. Dan Brown sort of did that in ANGELS AND DEMONS, but they weren't "real" angels… But how about something really different. Let's see. Hmm. I have it, how about KANGAROO books? Kangaroo adventures, Kangaroo love stories, dark edgy kangaroo mystery novels, you get the idea.

    Seriously, I'm so tired of the stock horror set-ups (vampires, werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, anything Lon Chaney did back when, that I won't even give such a book a second glance. But then, I guess they aren't writing them for me anyway.

    • Fence says:

      Ooh, Kangaroos, that'd work. But didn't Australia try that before with Kangaroo Jack. What about the thrilling lives of TEH ROGUE FINCHES; (that's the ones fighting against the evil tyrannical finches who steal the seeds from the bird feeders and refuse to share).

      I always like to give any author a chance, even if the premise sounds a bit hokey, unless it is one of those Pride & Prejudice Zombie books. Or, as we got in at work today (and I ordered it, the shame) Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Those sort of cash cows I must be persuaded on and so far no one has managed it.

      But I'm always hopeful that some one will turn a genre on its head and astound me, despite the clichéd set-up. What can I say, I'm a hopeful sort (hopefully deluded, possibly)